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big ten baseball tournament schedule and results


scheduleat bloomington, ind.wednesdayg1: gophers 5, indiana 4g2: northwestern 6, michigan 4g3: nebraska 15, purdue 9thursdayg4: iowa 9, maryland 8g5: indiana 5, michigan 4, 13 inn.g6: maryland 5, purdue 2fridayg7: northwestern 11, gophers 7g8: iowa 2, nebraska 0g9: gophers 9, indiana 8g10: maryland 8, nebraska 5saturdayg11: gophers 9, iowa 3g12: maryland 9, northwestern 5g13: iowa 7, gophers 5sundayg14: northwestern vs. maryland, 9 amg15: championship, 1 pm






gophers 4-1-1: everything on saturday's gophers-northwestern game


play-by-play, updated statistics, a live blog and more are a click away to help you follow saturday's gophers-northwestern game in evanston, ill.






northwestern pins shutout on gophers, 39-0


evanston, ill. -- when the gales of november come calling, a football team's best friend is a strong running game.that was on display saturday at ryan field, as northwestern rushed for 271 yards and managed a gusty wind on ots way to a 39-0 victory over the gophers with rain then slow falling. the wildcats (8-3, 6-2 big ten) scored 25 second-quarter points -- with winds of 20-25 mph and gusts to 40 at their backs.meanwhile, the gophers (5-6, 2-6) couldn't take advantage when they had the elements in their favor. twice they had the ball in northwestern territory in the first quarter with the wind at their backs but came away with no points. and when their offense went into the wind in the second quarter, they produced only 30 yards and no first downs, going three-and-out two times and turni






gophers intend to run through northwestern's wall


chicago – a football game, to kirk ciarrocca, plays out like an interactive story.“there are paragraphs that come up in the story, and these plays are like those paragraphs, or pages of the story, and they can change when you make a play,” the gophers offensive coordinator said. “we made a lot of the story-changing plays.”indeed the gophers did in last saturday’s 54-21 rout of nebraska, particularly in the rushing game. minnesota rolled over the cornhuskers by rushing for 409 yards, averaging 9.1 yards on their 45 carries. and it wasn’t only one person doing the damage. quarterback demry croft ran for 183 yards, and running backs rodney smith and kobe mccrary had 134 and 93, respectively.with such a productive story last week, what will the gophers do for an encore? that will play out satu






live at 9 a.m.: follow the gophers vs. northwestern in big ten baseball


the university of minnesota plays northwestern at 9 a.m. in the big ten baseball tournament in bloomington, indiana. the gophers are the no. 3 seed in the eight-team double-elimination tournament. both teams won their opening games.the game was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on thursday but pushed to friday morning due to the length of other games.if you are an btn subscriber, you can watch the video by clicking here or on the btn app for your mobile device.if you can't watch, in-game play-by-play and statistics are here.you can also get game updates, including video highlights, by following @gopherbaseball. game results, brackets and more tournament information are here.here is joe christensen's preview story about the gophers and their hopes for the big ten tournament.click here for 2017 gopher






sara groenewegen's no-hitter powers gophers past northwestern in big ten softbal


sara groenewegen pitched a no-hitter friday, striking out 11 of the 24 northwestern wildcats she faced, and the gophers are moving on in the big ten tournament.minnesota beat northwestern 5-1 in the quarterfinal and next play the winner of the illinois-penn state game later friday, on saturday at 1 p.m. the winner of that semifinal advances to the big ten championship game later saturday at 6 p.m.groenewegen labored through a rough (by her standards) seventh inning but closed out the no-hitter for the gophers.freshman kendyl lindaman drove in two runs, and maddie houlihan had three hits, two stolen bases and an rbi.no. 2 seed michigan is the favorite on the bottom half of the bracket, and the wolverines and gophers could meet in the title game again this year. michigan would first need to






northwestern pins shutout on gophers football team


evanston, ill. – when the gales of november come calling, a football team’s best friends are a strong running game and the ability to feast on turnovers.that was on display saturday at ryan field, as northwestern rushed for 277 yards, managed the gusty wind and forced five turnovers in a 39-0 victory over the gophers with rain then snow falling. the wildcats scored 25 second-quarter points — with winds of 20-25 mph and gusts to 40 at their backs.meanwhile, the gophers (5-6, 2-6 big ten) failed to take advantage when they had the elements in their favor. twice they had the ball in northwestern territory in the first quarter with the northerly wind at their backs but did not score.and when minnesota’s offense went into the wind in that decisive second quarter, it produced only 30 yards and n






gameday preview: northwestern at gophers women's basketball


preview: this game had been scheduled for jan. 11, but it was postponed after northwestern player jordan hankins died at age 19 on jan. 9. a memorial service was held wednesday. both teams played saturday and play again thursday; for northwestern (17-7, 6-5 big ten), which has lost two in a row, it makes for three road games in six days. the gophers (13-12, 4-8) beat rutgers 80-46 at home saturday, marking their fewest points allowed under coach marlene stollings.players to watch: gophers g kenisha bell scored 19 points saturday, going 11-for-12 on free throws; the gophers were 27-for-34 on foul shots overall. bell is averaging 16.7 points per game, second on the team to carlie wagner’s 19.4. wagner has struggled the past two games, shooting a combined 6-for-34. … northwestern senior f nia






gophers-northwestern men's basketball game preview


8 p.m. vs. northwestern • williams arena • btn (1130-am, 103.5-fm)after three games away, u is back in barnpreview: the gophers (14-8, 3-6 big ten) return to williams arena after their first three-game stretch away from home in conference play since 2002. they have lost five of six since c reggie lynch was suspended jan. 5. g amir coffey returned saturday after missing five games because of a right shoulder injury, but minnesota still fell 67-49 to ohio state at madison square garden. after scoring a combined 49 points in an overtime victory at penn state, nate mason and dupree mcbrayer have totaled only 44 points on only 15-for-50 from the floor the past two games. northwestern (12-9, 3-5) lost two consecutive games after beating the gophers 83-60 on jan. 10, but the wildcats ended the sl






groenewegen's no-hitter powers gophers past northwestern


ann arbor, mich. – sara groenewegen tossed the first ever no-hitter in the history of the big ten tournament as the no. 2 gophers softball team defeated northwestern, 5-1, in the quarterfinals on friday in ann arbor, mich.groenewegen is no stranger to big time tournament performances. she pitched every inning (24) last year for the gophers as they went on to win the championship. on friday, she had a perfect game going into the seventh inning. she finished with 11 strikeouts while only allowing one run. she is now 28-2 on the season with a 0.62 era and 267 strikeouts. she is now just 10 strikeouts away from sara moulton's career strikeout record.it was a gritty game from start to finish for the gophers. they took a 1-0 lead after two thanks to good placement on a rbi groundout from allie a






groenewegen's no-hitter powers gophers past northwestern


ann arbor, mich. – sara groenewegen tossed the first ever no-hitter in the history of the big ten tournament as the no. 2 gophers softball team defeated northwestern, 5-1, in the quarterfinals on friday in ann arbor, mich.groenewegen is no stranger to big time tournament performances. she pitched every inning (24) last year for the gophers as they went on to win the championship. on friday, she had a perfect game going into the seventh inning. she finished with 11 strikeouts while only allowing one run. she is now 28-2 on the season with a 0.62 era and 267 strikeouts. she is now just 10 strikeouts away from sara moulton’s career strikeout record.it was a gritty game from start to finish for the gophers. they took a 1-0 lead after two thanks to good placement on a rbi groundout from allie a






u women's basketball begins big ten play by crushing northwestern


evanston, ill. – the gophers women’s basketball team began big ten play the same way it ended nonconference competition — by rolling over its opposition.kenisha bell and destiny pitts each recorded double-doubles as the gophers cruised to a 90-63 victory over northwestern on thursday night.bell finished with 26 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and five steals, the second time this season she has toyed with a triple-double. she had 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a victory at rhode island on nov. 13. she has scored at least 20 points in five consecutive games.pitts had 22 points and 11 rebounds, going 6-for-10 from three-point range.carlie wagner added 16 points and passed linda roberts for fifth on the gophers all-time career scoring list, with 1,857 points.gophers women 90,






u women's basketball begins big ten play by crushing northwestern


evanston, ill. – the gophers women’s basketball team began big ten play the same way it ended nonconference competition — by rolling over its opposition.kenisha bell and destiny pitts each recorded double-doubles as the gophers cruised to a 90-63 victory over the northwestern on thursday night.bell finished with 26 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and five steals, the second time this season she has toyed with a triple-double. she had 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a victory at rhode island on nov. 13. she has scored at least 20 points in five consecutive games.pitts added with 22 points and 11 rebounds, going 6-for-10 from beyond three-point range.carlie wagner added 16 points and passed linda roberts for fifth all-time on the gophers career scoring list, with 1,857 points.






at 10 a.m.: follow gophers women's softball vs. northwestern


click here for links to game updates, as well as information about the big ten softball tournament and the no. 2-ranked minnesota gophers. first pitch for the u's game vs. northwestern is at 10 a.m. friday.the game is being telecast by the big ten network. if you are a subscriber, you can watch the video by clicking here.if you can't watch, in-game play-by-play and statistics are here.you can also get game updates on twitter by following @gophersoftball.game results and more tournament information are available [email protected] is friday's story from @stribsports about the team.click here for 2017 gophers softball statistics.






minnesota scene: groenewegen's two-hit shutout leads gophers softball team over


sara groenewegen pitched a two-hit shutout and struck out 10 in leading the gophers softball team to an 8-0, five-inning victory over northwestern on sunday at cowles stadium.the victory completed a three-game series sweep for the sixth-ranked gophers (38-3, 11-1 big ten), who took over sole possession of first place in the conference standings, a half-game ahead of michigan (11-2 big ten).groenewegen went 3-for-3 with an rbi. kendyl lindaman drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the second inning, which boosted the gophers’ lead to 7-0.northwestern fell to 16-23 and 3-9.hoosiers blank u, take two of three in baseballpaul milty and tim herrin combined on a four-hitter for indiana in a 4-0 victory over the gophers baseball team in bloomington, ind.milty allowed three hits in six






minnesota scene: groenewegen's two-hit shutout leads gophers softball team over


sara groenewegen pitched a two-hit shutout and struck out 10 in leading the gophers softball team to an 8-0, five-inning victory over northwestern on sunday at cowles stadium.the victory completed a three-game series sweep for the sixth-ranked gophers (38-3, 11-1 big ten), who took over sole possession of first place in the conference standings, a half-game ahead of michigan (11-2 big ten).groenewegen went 3-for-3 with an rbi. kendyl lindaman drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the second inning, which boosted the gophers' lead to 7-0.northwestern fell to 16-23 and 3-9.hoosiers blank u, take two of three in baseballpaul milty and tim herron combined on a four-hit shutout to pitch indiana to a 4-0 victory over the gophers baseball team in bloomington, ind.milty allowed three h






gophers women survive third-quarter lull, beat northwestern


for much of this season, coaching the gophers has made marlene stollings feel as if she's been playing a game of whac-a-mole. "you fix one thing,'' she said, "and something else pops up.''one of their most persistent problems has been maintaining a high level of play for an entire game. they didn't solve that one monday, but they endured a third-quarter collapse to defeat northwestern 71-61 at williams arena. it marked the first time this season that the gophers (14-12, 5-8 big ten), who beat rutgers on saturday, have won consecutive big ten games.the gophers led 34-22 at halftime before the third-quarter swoon. the wildcats outscored them 26-12, beginning the quarter on a 13-1 run and taking a 48-46 lead. a 6-0 spurt to start the fourth quarter restored the gophers' lead, and strong defen






gophers volleyball beats northwestern 3-1


the no. 7 gophers defeated northwestern 25-22, 29-27, 13-25, 25-19 on friday night in big ten volleyball at evanston (ill.) township high school. the match couldn’t be played at welsh-ryan arena — the wildcats’ usual home venue — because of renovation work there.freshman opposite hitter stephanie samedy led the gophers (25-3, 14-3 big ten) with 24 kills and hit .447. molly lohman added 13 kills and alexis hart 12.nia robinson had 23 kills for the wildcats (14-15, 4-13).as a team, the gophers hit .331, northwestern .254.u wrestlers winthe no. 6 gophers defeated no. 16 south dakota state 20-12 in brookings, s.d. this match was not quite as dramatic as last year’s, when minnesota won the final four matches for an 18-17 victory at home.minnesota (2-0) never trailed the coyotes (0-1) after heav






gophers without top receiver tyler johnson on rainy, windy day at northwestern


good morning from a rainy, windy and chilly ryan field, where the gophers will battle northwestern in an 11 a.m. game. temperatures are expected to be around 40, with rain continuing and a north wind of 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 40.gophers sophomore tyler johnson, the team’s leading receiver, is not among the dressed receivers in pregame drills. kstp and gopherillustrated reported that johnson broke his left wrist during last week’s game against nebraska and will miss the final two games of the regular season.johnson, a former minneapolis north standout, leads the gophers with 35 receptions for 677 yards and seven touchdowns. his 19.3 yards per reception leads the big ten and ranks 17th nationally. he has three 100-yard receiving games this season, and his 67.7 receiving ya






a feeble fall: gophers badly outplayed at northwestern


rosemont, ill. – the gophers basketball team held a meeting earlier this week to remind themselves they still had a long season left to prove critics wrong. fans and outside observers basically are counting them out of big ten contention minus impact players reggie lynch and amir coffey.there will be a lot more doubters after their worst loss in two years.in the second game down two starters and having to deal with the distraction of lynch’s suspension in a case involving multiple alleged sexual assault incidents, minnesota fell 83-60 wednesday night against northwestern in front of 5,514 at allstate arena.“it’s a difficult hand that they were dealt, but we’ve got to work our way through it,” gophers coach richard pitino said. “it’s my job to get them back to having fun. we were playing go






northwestern deals u its sixth loss in seven games


sometimes for a team to have a successful season things just have go your way when it comes to avoiding injuries and off-court issues.the gophers basketball team wasn’t hit by the injury bug last year until the postseason when it derailed a potential ncaa tournament run.richard pitino hasn’t seen the gophers at full strength this season since late november. the fifth-year coach and his players have tried not to use that as an excuse, but they lost for the sixth time in seven games shorthanded tuesday 77-69 to northwestern at williams arena.nate mason tied a big ten season-high with 25 points and had nine assists, but the gophers (14-9, 3-7) lost for the first time this season when leading at halftime.amir coffey scored 15 points in his second game back from a right shoulder injury, but he






line play leads northwestern's five-game surge into game vs. gophers


each week, a reporter covering the gophers’ opponent will be my guest to break down his or her team. this week, it’s caleb friedman of insidenu. he takes a look at northwestern and saturday’s game.here’s the q&a with caleb friedman:q: northwestern was 2-3 after back-to-back losses to wisconsin and penn state. what has been the key to the wildcats’ surge?a: northwestern has improved significantly in the trenches in recent weeks. the offensive line was abysmal early in the season, particularly in the losses against duke, wisconsin and penn state, but that unit has eliminated mental mistakes and played much better during the team’s current five-game winning streak. on the defensive side, northwestern has stopped the run (more on that later) and rushed the passer more effectively. defensive en






do the math: gophers ride turnover wave to football successes and failures


the math was quite simple for p.j. fleck.“the magnitude of the score is five turnovers — seven times five equals 35,” the gophers football coach said after his team’s humbling 39-0 loss at no. 23 northwestern on saturday.the gophers committed five turnovers, three interceptions thrown by quarterback demry croft and a lost fumble each by running backs kobe mccrary and rodney smith. the wildcats gladly accepted minnesota’s generosity, converting four of those takeaways into touchdowns.“the game got out of hand pretty quick,” fleck said, pointing out northwestern’s 25-point second-quarter barrage that saw the wildcats start td drives at the minnesota 36- and 15-yard lines because of turnovers and another at their 49 because of a 27-yard punt into the stiff wind.with those five turnovers, the






u softball, baseball still in first place after weekend play


sara groenewegen pitched a two-hit shutout and struck out 10 in leading the gophers softball team to an 8-0, five-inning victory over northwestern on sunday at cowles stadium.the victory completed a three-game series sweep for the sixth-ranked gophers (38-3, 11-1 big ten), who took over sole possession of first place in the conference standings, a half-game ahead of michigan (11-2 big ten).groenewegen went 3-for-3 with an rbi. kendyl lindaman drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the second inning, which boosted the gophers’ lead to 7-0.northwestern fell to 16-23 and 3-9.hoosiers blank u, take two of three in baseballpaul milty and tim herrin combined on a four-hitter for indiana in a 4-0 victory over the gophers baseball team in bloomington, ind.milty allowed three hits in six






minnesota scene: gophers 10th in big ten men's golf tournament


the gophers placed 10th, one stroke ahead of indiana, in the big ten men’s golf tournament sunday after recording a final-round score of 299 at the baltimore (md.) country club.the gophers had their best round on friday in round 1, shooting 291.justin doeden was the top gophers finisher, closing with his second 1-over-par 71 in three rounds for a final score of 6-over 216, good for 23rd place. thomas longbella, who led minnesota in the first two rounds, tied for 28th at 218 after shooting a 76 in the third roundillinois won the team championship at 11-under 829, 16 strokes better than runner-up northwestern, and the illini’s dylan meyer, sparked by an opening-round 63, was medalist at 5-under 205.northwestern’s ryan lumsden and ohio state’s will grimmer were at 206.winona state’s poock coa






u ousted from big ten baseball tourney with 13-inning loss to iowa


bloomington, ind. – tyler cropley’s home run in the top of the 13th inning drove in the go-ahead run for iowa in a 7-5 victory over the gophers in the big ten baseball tournament semifinals saturday.the victory put the hawkeyes (37-20) in sunday’s title game against maryland or northwestern while the loss eliminated minnesota (35-21), likely ending the gophers' season. it was the longest game in tournament history, going 4 hours, 57 minutes.it was cropley's second homer of the game. he has three homers in this tournament, nine this season.the gophers took a 4-1 lead after two innings on two sacrifice flies and rbi singles from jordan smith and luke pettersen, but the hawkeyes scored two runs in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead.minnesota scored a run in the sixth on p






five reasons why gophers-maryland is a must-see showdown


the gophers-maryland big ten showdown is being billed as one of wednesday’s must-watch games.cbs sports college basketball insider jon rothstein included the game as one of his five games to watch. the gophers and terrapins made the cut with duke at syracuse, louisville at north carolina, butler at villanova, and tcu at kansas.here are five reasons why wednesday night’s game in college park is one you won’t want to miss. tip-off is 7:30 p.m. on the big ten network.--the gophers have the opportunity to climb into the top four of the big ten standings with a victory at no. 24 maryland. if the gophers can finish out the season in the top four, they would get a double bye in the conference tournament. northwestern lost to illinois 66-50 tuesday and holds a half-game lead over the gophers for f






monday's page 2 tipsheet - startribune.com


tipsheetcompiled by ken chiaknow thisthis viewer is here to say there was no way the gophers men's basketball team was going to lose saturday 5-on-3 against alabama. credit to the crimson tide for making it close, but the gophers were content to shoot open jumpers the last 10 minutes.watch thisafter playing four games on the road last week — one in tennessee, three in california — the winnipeg jets return home monday to face the wild (7 p.m., fsn) … before going back on the road again. nhl scheduling!random fandom"yes, this has been a discouraging year. but the true measure of fleck will be the next couple years. man, i hope he works out. i long to see gophers football success again.""mnflguy47" — a gophers football fan for 65 years — on startribune.com.tweeted"road to state. enjoy the pro






northwestern beats minnesota 39-0 for sixth-straight victory


so much for eking out close victories.no. 23 northwestern ended its home season on snowy saturday afternoon with a 39-0 blowout of minnesota for its sixth-straight victory.the wildcats’ defense forced five turnovers to set up the offense with short rapid scoring drives. the last time they shut out a team was also minnesota, 27-0, at ryan field in 2015. the gophers’ miscues led to three northwestern touchdowns.in his last game in evanston, running back justin jackson became just the second big ten player to rush for 1,000 yards in four straight seasons and joining former wisconsin great ron dayne. he’s just the fourth to reach milestone in fbs history.he finished the game with 166 yards on 31 carries.northwestern quarterback clayton thorson threw three touchdown passes on 9 of 13 passing th






gophers baseball wins 10th in row, in first game at siebert field


the gophers baseball team extended its winning streak to 10 games with a 7-1 nonconference victory over north dakota state on tuesday at siebert field. it was the first game for minnesota (19-8) this season at its on-campus ballpark.ndsu (11-16), which had beaten the gophers 3-1 at u.s. bank stadium on feb. 28, took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of this game.the gophers tied the score on a groundout in the third, and toby hanson followed with a two-run single for a 3-1 lead. the junior first baseman from delano drove in another run in the fourth on a groundout, giving him a team-high 21 rbi.eli wilson’s two-run single in the sixth made it 6-1.nolan burchill, a freshman from sioux falls, s.d., pitched the first five innings and got the victory; reggie meyer then threw three scoreless inni






gophers-nebraska game recap


game recapimpact playerjordan murphy, gophershe scored 12 of his 20 points in the first half, helping the gophers build a 40-27 halftime lead. murphy also had 11 rebounds and two blocks.by the numbers17 blocks for gophers center reggie lynch in the past two games, including six thursday.62 the gophers’ shooting percentage in the second half.4 games in a row the gophers have had at least 80 points, their longest such stretch since 2002.marcus fuller






minnesota scene: gophers women win eight titles in own track and field meet


gophers sophomore nina horvath won the weight throw at the jack johnson cl ic on urday at the university of minnesota fieldhouse with a personal-best distance of 63 feet, 8¾ inches, the sixth best in program history.for the second year in a row, minnesota's erin hawkins won the 200-meter dash (24:87) and heta tuuri the high jump (5-9¼). teammate kimberly golding set a meet record in winning the 60 hurdles (8.20). minnesota women also won four other events.on the men's side, nate roese of the gophers won the 600 (1:17.97) after winning the 400 last year.u swimmers sweep double dualthe gophers men's swimming team swept a two-day, double dual meet with purdue and northwestern in west lafayette, ind., on urday, eclipsing six ncaa "b" cuts (provisional) in the process. minnesota defeated the bo






trophy time: wisconsin retains axe again with 31-0 shutout of gophers


when the nation’s second-ranked defense meets the country’s 119th-ranked offense, there’s a good chance you’ll get what transpired saturday afternoon at tcf bank stadium.a motivated wisconsin team used that stout defense to manhandle the gophers’ overmatched offense, holding minnesota to no first downs until late into the second quarter, and emerged with an easy 31-0 victory.by losing its second consecutive game and seventh in nine big ten contests, the gophers finished 5-7 and lost paul bunyan’s axe to the fifth-ranked badgers (12-0, 9-0) for the 14th consecutive year.the loss also ended p.j. fleck’s first year as gophers coach with a thud, with his team losing its last two games by a combined 70-0 to wisconsin and northwestern. the last time the gophers were shut out in consecutive games






gophers' pitino named big ten coach of the year


after orchestrating the biggest one-year turnaround of any division i program this year, gophers basketball coach richard pitino was named big ten coach of the year, the conference announced monday on big ten network.northwestern’s chris collins appeared to be the biggest competition for pitino for the award.pitino, who is projected to make his first ncaa tournament, has coached the gophers (23-8, 11-7) to a school-record 15-win improvement from last season’s 8-23 record, which included a 2-16 conference record. collins’ team improved by just one victory, going from 20-12 last season to 21-10 this year, including 10-8 in the conference. but the wildcats are one of the biggest stories going into the ncaa tournament, as they are expected to make their first trip to the big dance in program h






gophers are trendy pick to exit early


the ncaa tournament selection committee rewarded the gophers a no. 5 seed for their 24-win season. the masses, however, have little confidence in the gophers' ability to advance even past the first round.a roundup of predictions from college basketball insiders and fans reveal middle tennessee as the expected victor over the gophers on thursday in milwaukee.three of five cbs experts picked middle tennessee over the gophers. sports illustrated labeled the matchup an "upset watch."gophers coach richard pitino won't let the buzz distract his team. the gophers overcame an underdog role all season to finish fourth in the big ten, and several players received all-conference honors."everybody thinks we shouldn't show up, from what i've been hearing and reading," pitino said. "i think nationally t






gophers' richard pitino named big ten coach of the year


after orchestrating the biggest one-year turnaround of any division i program this year, gophers basketball coach richard pitino was named big ten coach of the year, the conference announced monday on big ten network.northwestern's chris collins appeared to be the biggest competition for pitino for the award.pitino, who is projected to make his first ncaa tournament, has coached the gophers (23-8, 11-7) to a school-record 15-win improvement from last season's 8-23 record, which included a 2-16 conference record. collins' team improved by just one victory, going from 20-12 last season to 21-10 this year, including 10-8 in the conference. but the wildcats are one of the biggest stories going into the ncaa tournament, as they are expected to make their first trip to the big dance in program h






mason, murphy need to put northwestern disaster behind them


nate mason and jordan murphy spent the end of wednesday’s 23-point loss to northwestern on the bench, having each fouled out. the two all-big ten players stared at the court with glum looks as their teammates tried to finish the game heavily undermanned.already down two starters before the game, the gophers were missing their top four players by the time it was all over.“we definitely know we should be on the court,” murphy said. “we feel guilty about it. we know what we got to do.”minnesota’s outlook already looks bleak with center reggie lynch suspended indefinitely and guard amir coffey injured. mason and murphy compounded the team’s problems wednesday by picking the worst time to struggle in the same game — letting frustration lead first to foul trouble and then the bench.the gophers (






roseville armory controversy: council aims for homes on site


a dispute in roseville over whether to try and save the city’s former national guard armory is nearing an end.against the wishes of those who wanted to preserve the armory for use as a community center, the city council last week signaled its preference to redevelop the site for low-density housing instead.city officials consulted neighbors, getting what they considered a solid response: 87 comments, online or on paper. among those comments, 69 people said they preferred single-family detached homes on the site, while the community center option drew 44 positive responses, community development chief kari collins told the council.but 29 people declared that no institutional use was suitable — a hint of polarization.many in the area wanted the armory preserved partly because “some of our ol